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How to Reach tamil nadu

Travel Options

By Rail

The state is conveniently connected by railways and both inbound and outbound commutes are made simpler thanks to a series of direct trains plying from the major cities of the state to the others. The Tamil Nadu railway network is part of the Southern Railways and offer connectivity to other states like Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Guwahati, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and even Jammu and Kashmir. Depending on the route, most trains cover major portions of the states the trains pass through, allowing you to get an idea of where to board, the time taken to reach Tamil Nadu and the approximate price for your travel. When it comes to reaching Tamil Nadu by rail, Chennai is the touchpoint, to which there are more and frequent trains from other parts of the country. Chennai is followed by Coimbatore and Tiruchirappalli in terms of ease of access to other Indian cities. For other cities, tourists have to come down to the nearest major railway station in the train and then get another train or bus to reach their destination. Approximate price per person: Taking the train is one of the best ways to reach Tamil Nadu if you are quite conscious about your budget but do not mind compromising on time. The prices for your travel depend on the distance from your city and the class of comfort you intend to travel in. If sleeper class tickets are fine, you can reach Chennai from anywhere within approximately Rs. 800 and 1000. However, if you prefer air-conditioned coaches in the classes of 3rd AC, 2nd AC, and AC 1st Class, the prices can range approximately between Rs. 1,800 to Rs. 3,000. One of the shortcomings with taking a train is that the seats get reserved two months in advanced. So if your departure is pretty close from when you planned, you might not get train tickets and will have to try the thatkal ticketing system, which opens for reservation a day prior to your preferred train’s date of departures. Additional Tatkal charges apply per ticket. Duration of travel: Also, the duration of your journey also depends on where you board your train. Trains from New Delhi take close to 40 hours to reach Chennai and trains to Kolkata comparatively take the same time. The cities on the southern regions like Bengaluru and Hyderabad take comparatively less time and you can reach Chennai from the places within 6 to 10 hours approximately.

By Sea

You cannot go to Tamil Nadu by sea.

By Air

The easiest way to reach Tamil Nadu from a different state is by taking a flight. Tamil Nadu flights are available from several cities across the country that ply at distinct flying hours. The nine airports spread throughout Tamil Nadu is probably the best aspect of tourism in Tamil Nadu. This makes it easier for you to plan your attraction, find the nearest airport, reach within a few hours from your city, and get going with touring your preferred destination. However, most tours start from Chennai as it one of the basic touchpoints and the first city tourists get to see when they come for Tamil Nadu tourism. The international airports in Tamil Nadu include Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli and Madurai. On the other hand, the airports in Tuticorin, Salem, Hosur, Neyveli, and Vellore are domestic airports. To help you understand the time taken to reach Tamil Nadu, we have shortlisted two major cities in Tamil Nadu, based on proximity to tourist locations and the approximate flight duration and the approximate cost per person to the destinations. Frequent Flight Names: Indigo, Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet, Air Asia Biggest Airport: Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli and Madurai

By Bus

The trend of traveling by bus is slowly catching up within the state due to the influx of IT professionals from nearby states. There are frequent buses plying from Bengaluru, Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Hyderabad, Tirupathi, and other prime destinations to Chennai and other major cities in Tamil Nadu on a daily basis. Also, interstate commute is also very convenient by bus and takes less time to reach one destination from another. Duration of travel: Since the buses cover a range of south Indian cities, it can take anywhere between 5 hours to 15 from Bangalore through Hyderabad. There are no buses connecting Tamil Nadu with other northern frontiers beyond Andhra, Telangana and Karntaka and people coming in from other places have to reach the three states and take separate buses to Chennai or any other city in Tamil Nadu. Approximate Price per Person: The cost of taking a bus depends on which you bus you travel in. There are government run buses, which can take you to Bengaluru and Hyderabad at approximately Rs. 500, and onwards and there are private buses with added luxuries that can take you to the cities at approximate prices starting from Rs. 1000. The private buses are further classified into air conditioned, deluxe, sleeper and air conditioned sleeper coaches which ply at different prices respectively. This is the same case when you are traveling by bus within the state.

Transportation in tamil nadu

Commuting within Tamil Nadu

There are two ways you can conveniently travel within Tamil Nadu – trains and buses. The state is well connected by both trains and buses and allows tourists and visitors to travel seamlessly from one part of the state to another. For instance, traveling from Chennai to Tiruchirappalli is very easy by government run buses. It takes approximately 6 hours by bus and SETC has buses to a majority of the places in Tamil Nadu at an interval of 30 minutes. This is the case with buses to most other places. You can instantly find one bus after another without getting paranoid about the availability of buses. On the other hand, trains are also convenient and there are passenger trains connecting major cities in the state. While passenger trains do not require advance reservations, superfast and express trains plying between the states require reservation. If you need to travel within the cities, buses are again one of the best options because of the costs involved and the frequency of buses. Besides, it’s a very cultural affair and fun. Every city has a major bus terminus from where services to the nooks and corners of the city start. Tickets in local buses are approximately less than Rs. 10. There are also private buses running within cities that offer entertainment facilities like in-house sound systems and televisions. Tamil Nadu also has extensive services of Uber and Ola and you easily get picked up and dropped to and from anywhere in the city. While some of the cities are yet to receive their services, cities that have abide by company rules and are usually less expensive. You can stick to flights only when you have to travel back home and while you are here, it is best to take the local commute and move around like a local.
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